There are a number of different processes for putting books together in the printing industry. One processing that is used involves a saddle stitcher. This process gathers the books together and staples them on the spine (think magazines).
Another process is by inserting a wire into the spine like the notebooks you buy in a store for school. This process punches a series of holes into one side and then spinning the wire through the holes.
The best way to put a book together however is to use the perfect bound printing process. With this process, the machine gathers the various parts of the book together. These parts are called signatures and depending on the product, the book can have as many as 14 different signatures, including a cover. A chain rides on a track through the machine pulling these pieces together. Unlike saddle stitching, where the signatures are opened and stacked one inside the other, perfect bound printing places the closed signature one on top of the other.
Once all the pieces are together, the chain moves the book onto a track that squeezes the book pieces tightly together. It then runs the book through a saw blade at the spine, which cuts the folded edges from the pieces of the book. That process also serves to roughen the spine so that the glue will adhere to it tightly. From there, it runs the spine of the book over a roller that applies glue to the spine. At the end of the run, the book goes through one more section that applies the cover, with a clamp closing over the spine to apply the cover tightly to the book. The book is then trimmed to size and is ready for shipment.
Popular Perfect Bound Printing Uses
Perfect bound printing is the most commonly used method for binding paperback books. It makes the book look nice and neat, and they are very easy to shelve. When you are producing books, the reader appreciates the design of the cover when you take the time to come up with something that triggers looks.
The perfect bound printing process is generally used when the book gets too thick to go on the saddle stitcher, or when the client wants the book perfect bound for aesthetic reasons. Generally speaking, a book has to have at least eight pages and a cover for perfect binding. The perfect bound printing process is an economical way to put your book together in a way that appeals to the reader. When it comes to cover design, catching the reader’s eye is the first part of getting your book sold. If the cover is drab looking, they’ll automatically assume that the book is no good in most cases. More often than not, the printing company can help you to design an attractive cover for your book. It is the perfect solution for short run books and with the digital printing process, you can make minor changes without having to go through major processes like changing printing plates, ultimately keeping costs low.